Hey Karl nice to hear from you!I only use cord.
I used to use Ludwig's gold cord, but it has been changed.
I've used a Kevlar paracord (size "micro" 1.18mm 1/20--yellow) for almost 2 years now.
I used other paracord types, which are also excellent, but the Kevlar does not stretch, so there isn't any break-in period.
It doesn't really "wear" either.
The only "drawback" is that it's kind of difficult to cut.
My solution is razor blades to cut, and a dab of hot glue on the ends to seal the cut, since it doesn't melt like other cords--it's flame resistant 900°.
The cord gives me the most "transparent" snare sound to my ears.
I hate plastic strips, Grossgrain ribbon is ok, but I prefer cord.
It was you who I got the grosgrain info from.
At the time, you were all about grosgrain. What happened?